THE NITTY-GRITTY GARDENING BOOK by Kari Cornell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Shortcomings aside, garden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors. (glossary, bibliography, websites, sources for supplies, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Cornell presents gardening basics and a dozen projects, arranged by season. Read full book review >
THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >

THE WREN AND THE SPARROW by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lyrical look at a horrific time; an appeal to the necessity of remembering. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man called the Wren because of the beautiful music he makes must give up his beloved instrument during the Nazi occupation of his Polish town. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S SHADOW by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Wonderfully odd and cleverly informative. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
When a queen, looking severe in her ball gown, suddenly misses her shadow at her own ball, the visual capabilities of her guests are put to the test in this mystery infused with natural science. Read full book review >
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic. (Picture book. 3-9)"
More Life in the Wild from Canadian Oldland (Up the Creek, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

A ROCK CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
"A rock is a rock," but it can be so much more. Read full book review >
NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >
BIG STAR OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Otto's in Hollywood, but he doesn't care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie. Read full book review >
NEON ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK by Nick Cannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A collection well-suited to young boys of color as well as all young fans of hip-hop culture, who often long for family-friendly content. (Poetry. 7-10)"
What if Shel Silverstein grew up on hip-hop? Read full book review >
LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An epic muddle, all in all. (Graphic fiction. 10-13)"
In typically buoyant cartoons, Williams presents a précis of Hugo's epic. Read full book review >
MISSION TITANIC by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"More of the same. (Adventure. 10-12)"
A mysterious Outcast threatens to usurp Ian Kabra's place as the head of the world's most powerful family. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >